I am in the process of adding book descriptions, reviews, and jacket images to our III WebPAC using the Google Books API. We also use Twitter and LibGuides APIs.

Josh Welker
Electronic/Media Services Librarian
College Liaison
University Libraries
Southwest Baptist University

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Subject: [CODE4LIB] Examples of Web Service APIs in Academic & Public Libraries

Hello all,

I'm a lurker on this listserv and am interested in gaining some insight into your experiences of utilizing web service APIs in either an academic library or public library setting.

I'm writing a book for ALA Editions on the use of Web Service APIs in libraries.  Each chapter covers a specific API by delineating the technicalities of the API, discussing potential uses of the API in library settings, and step-by-step tutorials.

I'm already including examples of how my library (Miami University in Oxford, Ohio) are utilizing these APIs but would like to give the reader more examples from a variety of settings.

APIs covered in the book: Flickr, Vimeo, Google Charts, Twitter, Open Library, LibraryThing, Goodreads, OCLC.

So, what are you folks doing with APIs?

Thanks for any insight!

Kind regards,


Jason Paul Michel
User Experience Librarian
Miami University Libraries
Oxford, Ohio 45044